Appalachian Mountain Club

Appalachian Mountain Club: Backcountry Caretaker

Posted: January 07, 2020
Location: White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Mahoosuc Mountains in Maine
Time Commitment: Early June through September, 2020


The AMC maintains a series of 14 campsites and shelters along the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Mahoosuc Mountains in Maine. Nine of these sites are staffed from early June through September with caretakers who work and live on site.

Job Responsibilites

  • A caretaker’s responsibilities lie equally in public service and resource protection, which is accomplished through information and education, campsite management and rehabilitation, trail maintenance, human waste management, and search and rescue.
  • Caretakers stay on site for 10 or 11 days at a time followed by 2 or 3 days off.
  • Home is a 10 x 12 canvas wall tent with all tools, supplies, and equipment provided.
  • Rotator positions are also available who cover three sites when the regular caretakers are on days off.
  • Those who can work through late August or September are encouraged to apply.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to resource protection and public service.
  • Emotional maturity and self-motivation.
  • Ability to work and live alone in remote setting with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent education and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with diverse groups of hikers.
  • Extensive backpacking experience and ability to carry heavy loads long distances over rugged terrain.
  • Strong commitment to backcountry stewardship and Leave No Trace ethics.

Salary and Benefits

$10 per hour

Application Process

Apply here!

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